Patient: Kunal Kumar
From: Khusrupur, Patna district
Problems faced: JD(U) supporters stopped the private ambulance carrying Kunal to Patna Medical College and Hospital for almost 30 minutes at Fatuha
Reaction: “We luckily spotted a government ambulance and followed it to reach PMCH. It is ridiculous that JD(U) supporters did not show mercy even on ambulance carrying patients during the bandh,” said Ramsakal Paswan, Kunal’s uncle, adding Kunal was suffering from convulsion.
Patient: Prakash Yadav
From: Jamui resident shifted from a Rajendra Nagar hospital to PMCH
Problems faced: Prakash’s relatives had to shell out double the fare. Their ambulance was stopped at Dinkar roundabout for some time.
Reaction: I had to shell out Rs 500 to shift Prakash in a private ambulance to PMCH, a distance of about 3km. The normal fare is Rs 150-Rs 200. We had to plead with the bandh supporters that we were carrying a brain haemorrhage patient. Only then they let us go,” said Subhash Kumar, Yadav’s neighbour, who took him to PMCH.
Patient: Subodh Kumar Singh
Problems faced: Bandh supporters stopped the ambulance carrying Subodh to PMCH for around 15 minutes at Ashiana Mor
Reaction: “We asked the ambulance driver to take the wrong flank of the road so that we could reach the hospital fast. The driver obeyed us and we reached PMCH somehow,” said Shubham Kumar, the patient’s son. Subodh was a kidney patient.
Name: Nazma Khatun
From: Vikramganj in Rohtas district
Problems faced: Bandh supporters stopped the ambulance carrying Nazma to PMCH at many points during her 120-km journey
Reaction: “We struggled a lot to reach PMCH. Instead of the normal three hours’ travelling time, it took us five hours to reach Patna. We were stopped at Piro, Koilwar and Ara, apart from many other places,” said Mohammad Ali, Nazma’s husband. Nazma’s blood sugar level had shot up, endangering her life.